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100-plus new engineering apprentices start at city training centre

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Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 31 October 2017 14:40

100-plus new engineering apprentices start at city training centre

Publicity-a-plenty about the apprenticeship levy reforms - and no little confusion and worry – belies what is gearing up to be busy year with record recruits arriving at Gloucestershire Engineering Training.

According to the Gloucester centre, which supports numerous county businesses, “it is great to be able to report that our centre is pretty much at capacity on both practical and academic programmes”.

Pictured: Sam Sparrow (20) and Abi Jeffery (21) who are Craft apprentices at Delphi, Stonehouse. Delphi is a leading global supplier of electronics and technologies for automotive and commercial vehicles.

In total 107 new engineering apprentices started at the Corinium Avenue Charity for this year’s September start “and all of them are working towards new Apprenticeship Trailblazer standards”.

And the centre has revealed it is now considering offering degree-level engineering too.

Linsey Temple, chief executive officer at GET, said: “The new apprenticeship standards designed and developed by employers add far greater rigour and robustness into apprenticeship programmes.

Pictured: Messier-Bugatti-Dowty Quality Assurance Manager Graham Adlam with apprentice Jack Madley 

“They ensure that any individual who undertakes an apprenticeship programme is not only equipped with the right knowledge and competency, but also demonstrates and displays the correct work ethic required by employers.”

As well as offering apprenticeships in engineering and manufacturing, GET also delivers Further and Higher Education programmes. These too are nearing capacity.

Martin Wear, head of academic provision, said: “We were concerned initially that numbers on our programmes would decline slightly this year given all the uncertainty around content and funding, however, we are delighted to report that all of our academic programmes are pretty much full.

“Delivering these higher level programmes enables us to manage the individuals programme from level 2 right the way through to level 5 which is something that our employers really value.

“The next step for us as a business and as requested by our customers, is to explore degree level provision so that we can become that ‘one stop shop’ for our employers engineering training needs from level 2 through to level 7’.”

The apprenticeship reforms have also seen a wave of new delivery formats being developed to respond to the changing needs of industry.

Mikela Lowthian, head of work-based delivery, said: “The needs of our customers are forever changing and the introduction of the apprenticeship levy has also had a significant impact on that.

Pictured: Messier-Dowty Ltd Gloucester Apprentice Edward Morgan.

“We are now designing and delivering level 2 programmes which will be entirely delivered in the workplace to up-skill and cross-skill the existing workforce, resulting in increased productivity and improved workplace efficiency.”

GET has been designing and delivering engineering training programmes for large and small employers across the county for 40 years. Interested in taking on an apprentice or are you a levy paying employer who wants to know more? Email info@get-trained.org.

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